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Choosing a college can be difficult, and there are detailed guides for most Cambridge undergraduate colleges. Here is a brief overview of the main pros and cons of each college that may help you!

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Christ's College

Pros

  • Great accommodation guaranteed for the duration of your course
  • Lots of grants given for "cultural nourishment" trips abroad ;)
  • Over two thirds of rooms are ensuite, and rooms that aren't ensuite are generally much larger to compensate for this (some rooms even have a mezzanine)
  • Incredibly friendly, lively atmosphere
  • Plans for a brand new £16m library to be built in the next few years
  • One of the academically strongest colleges in Cambridge: Averages 3rd place on the Tompkins and Baxter Tables over the past 20 years
  • Students can store some belongings in out of term storage, so they don't have to drag everything back home at the end of every term (good for international students)
  • If you get a first you get all sorts of privileges, such as being put in a separate room ballot, getting several free dinners, getting cheaper rent, getting invited to a couple of feasts, and a sizeable cash reward.
  • Lots of famous alumni such as Charles Darwin, John Milton and Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Very central - 30 seconds away from nearest club, literally 10m from a takeaway, 1-2 min to Nandos & Pizza Hut, 2 min to the nearest cinema, 5 min from Sainsbury's, very close to most lecture sites
  • Beautiful and peaceful gardens, some of the prettiest in Cambridge- hard to realise you are in the centre of town!
  • Newly refurbished outdoor swimming pool - oldest outdoor pool in Europe (great perk during the summer months even if it is unheated!)
  • Typewriter building is a great social advantage, with many first and second years so close together, all in the same building
  • Cosy and buzzing college bar, and it's the closest bar to all the clubs in Cambridge
  • Big theatre (recently renovated), where movies are shown regularly, at ridiculously low prices
  • Costa Coffee is served (at a discount on the normal high street price) in the bar
  • Fully equipped gym and squash courts within college, as well as another college gym in the boat house
  • Perfect size, not too big to feel unknown, still large enough to meet loads of new people
  • The common room has pool tables, table tennis tables and TVs
  • College cat, and dog
  • Admission's Tutor is very helpful and active on TSR

Cons

  • £155 for WiFi!
  • Scholar's ballot makes it difficult for arts and humanities students to get good rooms in later years
  • Has library fines
  • It’s extremely pushy with supervisors being very intense around exams
  • Food could be better with lack of vegetables at Formal Hall
  • The plodge faces right out into the busiest, most congested part of town
  • Really tiny corridors. Sometimes only 4 people so makes it difficult to get to know more people
  • Ugly "typewriter" building (I really like that building tho :') it reminds me of little nests)
  • Arts students: wrong side of town for the arts faculties on the Sidgwick site (actually not far, but not as close as many other colleges).

Churchill College

Pros

  • Big, modern, light rooms - most of the rooms are of the same standard and there are a lot on ensuites, all rooms have window seats.
  • Provide in college accommodation for all three years of undergraduate study
  • New Court was built in 2016 - all ensuite rooms with double beds.
  • No hidden accommodation costs
  • Biggest on-site playing fields of all colleges. Good gym, 4 squash courts, 5 tennis courts.
  • Very open plan - walk on all grass, large buildings, easy entry everywhere.
  • Highest ratio of sciences (70%) to arts (30%) students.
  • Very friendly porters.
  • Springball.
  • Good Ents
  • Strong sports teams, most sports in top division (including football, rugby netball)
  • Games room with pool table, table tennis, piano and games machines
  • Not right in the centre of town, so you get less tourist traffic
  • Food - food is generally really good, its self serve with about four different main options and ~5 different types of veg. Puddings are also great and not too expensive.
  • Cheap wine - £6.20 for a bottle
  • No library fines

Cons

  • Worst gender ratio 71% male, 29% female
  • Highest ratio of sciences (70%) to arts (30%) students
  • Most expensive laundry in Cambridge
  • Very expensive bar and formals
  • Gender pay gap of 16.8%
  • Formals aren't as formal (you don't have to wear gowns!)
  • Considered ugly but not really that bad
  • College colours are pink and brown. Not a great combo
  • When it’s raining, the 10 minute cycle ride into town can be quite unpleasant

Clare College

Pros

  • Very cool underground college bar and JCR, Clare Cellars.
  • Really good weekly ents with a variety of student bands and DJs in the Cellars.
  • Nice fresher community in Memorial Court.
  • First year accommodation is right next to the University Library and two minutes from the humanities faculty buildings.
  • May Ball every year.
  • Really open, welcoming environment.
  • One of the strongest colleges for music - excellent choir and only college orchestra to play a termly concert in the university concert hall.
  • You can walk on the grass in Memorial Court.
  • College Gardens are among the prettiest in Cambridge
  • Position on the river
  • College owned punts
  • Old Court has the perfect balance of being detached from the town centre yet two minutes away.
  • Good mix of genders and private/state educated people.

Cons

  • Really expensive WiFi. £33 per term!
  • Most expensive college wine (£12 per bottle!)
  • 4th worst college regarding fining students (e.g. £1,205 - split between 5 students for a party)
  • Has library fines
  • 4th biggest gender pay gap of all the colleges
  • Kitchens are very basic with no ovens or freezers
  • Very average, unimaginative food in canteen and not much choice
  • Accommodation is spread out so you might live far away from facilities such as the library, buttery and gym
  • Nobody showed up for an obligatory consent workshop during Fresher's Week
  • The view from Clare Bridge (oldest bridge in Cambridge) attracts a fair number of tourists to it
  • They cut down their cute cherry blossom tree
  • Although it's central, the entrance is not as central as it could be as you have to walk round behind the Senate House so it often takes longer to get where you're going.
  • Old Court is pretty but relatively small and you are more likely to live in the less pretty Memorial Court or Clare Colony (which is not on the main site - it's on Chesterton Road)
  • The Library is not as nice as many other Colleges
  • The master got himself embroiled in a big golfing controversy by helping a top British golf club evict its old members and charge a £100,000 fee to rejoin

Clare Hall (graduates)

Pros

  • Modern buildings, spacious rooms
  • Large kitchens
  • Indoors swimming pool
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Very good food
  • Graduates only

Cons

  • Graduates only
  • Informal - a con if you like Cambridge because of its traditions
  • A bit far away from town
  • Although the buildings are very comfortable on the inside, they are unattractive on the outside.
  • Believes in Jesus

Corpus Christi College

Pros

  • Very central - 2 minutes from the Science faculties, 7 minutes from the Sidgewick (arts) site, 2 minutes from centre of town where you can find Sainsbury's and a wide range of shops and restaurants.
  • New library (just been built) - spacious, very well stocked, plenty of work spaces and librarians host library teas in room off library during exam term to give students a boost.
  • Very small (approx 85 students a year): this and Peterhouse are the smallest colleges. If you like to know most in your year and feel intimidated by the larger colleges, this is great.
  • Great accommodation for first years - you either live in New Court or Library Court, or right next to Corpus in Botolph or Benet Street. None of these ugly blocks miles away from the main college that other colleges seem to have.
  • Most Second years live in Newnham house (38 rooms) opposite Darwin College, or T-street (on Trumpington St opposite engineering) (23 rooms). Both of these are modern, T-Street was renovated in 2013, and is now super nice. Means you get to live together as a year group so won't find yourself on a floor full of people you don't know.
  • Third years live mainly on college site or in Benet/Botolph
  • Very old, attractive architecture
  • Has one of the most comfortable college bars and JCRs in Cambridge with very friendly bar staff that really make an effort to learn students names. Free pool table, table football and table tennis. JCR TV has Sky Sports, Netflix and a PS3! Great atmosphere during showings of the six nations or bake off.
  • College events run by the Ents officer get very high turnouts compared to other colleges.
  • Get the chance to live in Old Court, the oldest court in all of Oxbridge, whose buildings are 600 years old and is the oldest continuously used student accommodation in the world. Despite its age rooms are still of very high quality and very spacious. (only Peterhouse's dining Hall, the oldest profane building in Europe, is older)
  • Large travel grants available if you travel for academic purposes - £500 is not uncommon. Great for geographers and MMLers, though recently such grants have been offered for less explicitly academic trips too i.e. 2014 trip to Turkey organised by Dean of Chapel. There are also sports grants and academic scholarships/prizes. College has high number of blues for its size.
  • Hosts annual Corpus challenge. This is a sporting competition between corpus Christi oxford. Also involves events such as pool and fifa for those who are not as sporty.
  • Large JCR budget - virtually all requests for Sports and Society funding granted.
  • JCR runs weekly parteas which involves a lot of free food being put in the JCR and gives you a chance to socialise with people in other years as well as your own.
  • Practically unlimited internet, with fantastic coverage across all accomodation! (albeit for £25 a term)
  • Gaining a reputation as having some of the best quality food around: formals are very high quality, and college hall food is generally better than most colleges - the fish being a particular speciality! Student favourites - like pasta and pizza dishes - have also been increasingly catered for thanks to the work of the 2016/17 JCR Catering Officer. Unlimited carbohydrate for a fixed price in hall! Catering officer is open to suggestions for hall menus.
  • College rents are in the middle of the pack for Cambridge Colleges, which is very good given the beautiful nature of the building and the central location. In recent years room rents have risen approximately the same as inflation.
  • The College has two Nobel Laureates. Former Master George Thomson won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the wave properties of the electron by electron diffraction. Alumni Richard Henderson won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution. Famous alumni include Christopher Marlowe (English playwright who greatly influenced William Shakespeare), actor Hugh Bonneville (of Downton Abbey fame), Matthew Parker (Archibishop of Canterbury) and Sir Mark Elder (British conductor).
  • Owns the Corpus Clock which has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cambridge.
  • The College has excellent pastoral/tutorial support meaning you are very well looked after, spending amongst the highest per student on student care. Also runs great college family system so you have a system of support and someone to talk to from the moment you arrive.
  • Ranks 4th in terms of value of Endowment/assets per student.
  • Home of the Parker Library, one of the foremost collections of rare books and manuscripts anywhere in the world, including the St Augustine Gospels which are used to swear in the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Strong academic performances in a number of subjects including, but not limited to Natural Sciences and English.
  • Amongst the best sporting facilities of an Cambridge College at its own site (Leckhampton) which is only 8-10 minutes walk from College. This includes a fully-equipped gym, squash courts, tennis courts, football and rugby pitches. In the summer it has arguably the best croquet pitch in Cambridge and an excellent cricket square. Also is one of very few colleges with an outdoor swimming pool which is great fun in the summer especially when you can use the colleges BBQ. The Men and Women’s rowing teams have the best boats in Cambridge.
  • One of the few colleges with a 24 hour student library.
  • Pays all of its staff the living wage.
  • Some ducks famously nest in the college each year, and when the ducklings hatch the Porters stop traffic on the road to escort them back to the river.
  • One of the most extensive outreach programmes across the University.
  • Application numbers per place are about average for the University meaning it is not one of the difficult colleges to get into.
  • One of the most environmentally-friendly colleges, winning Gold in the Green Impact Scheme.
  • Doctors surgery can be accessed through entrance in college so very easy to get to any appointments.


Cons

  • Gender imbalance 60% male 40% female - 2016 and 2017 intake was 50/50 gender divide
  • 9th most expensive college to live at
  • One of the worse colleges for state school access with only 61.9% coming from state schools
  • expensive kitchen fixed charge
  • College wine isn't cheap
  • Not much ensuite accommodation available
  • Some students have to live above the Eagle pub, so can be a bit noisy if you leave your window open
  • Disaffiliated from the Cambridge University Student's Union
  • Very small: can feel a bit too insular if you are used to large year groups in school
  • Student rent raised dramatically in recent years - although it is still not much higher than the university average. Now is just rising with inflation.
  • Some grumpy porters - though majority really make you feel at home and are willing to help you with most things.
  • New master was the one who introduced scholar's ballot.
  • The clock! Is a tourist magnet so can be hard to get past.
  • Not all accommodation on the main campus.

Darwin College (graduates)

Pros

  • It's just graduate students
  • Beautiful grounds, good river access and lots of punts
  • Everything operates year-round, rather than being really busy in term time and dead in the vacs - DarBar (the college bar) is busy all the time.
  • The fellows and the students eat the same food, therefore it is of a edible/good standard

Cons

  • It's just graduate students
  • Some of the accommodation desperately needs modernising
  • All colleges have their eccentricities, but they're pretty odd at Darwin
  • The communication during the application process is somewhat *sketchy*

Downing College

Pros

  • Known for amazing accommodation, hotel standard in first year. Basically all accomodation is on main site, so you'll never be a 25 minute walk away from your library like those at Tit Hall.
  • Beautiful paddock
  • Very peaceful, despite the fact that it is quite centrally located
  • A couple of minutes away from the centre
  • Very green with big open spaces
  • Off usual tourist track
  • All accommodation either on-site or very nearby so even when you're in a house you can still use all the college facilities.
  • Right next to the Downing site and New Museums site (as well as the Chemistry department), so very good for scientists!
  • Surrounded by restaurants - Nando, Pizza Express, Charlie Chan (only Dim Sum restaurant in central Cambridge), NannaMexico, Pizza Organic, the Varsity Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Zizzi.
  • 'Spoons is just down the road.
  • Parker's Piece (park) only 30 seconds across the road.
  • Library designed using Golden Ratio
  • John Cleese went there
  • If you want to sue someone, there are so many Lawyers around you'd get a competitive price.
  • Sporty college (good results over the past couple of years in rowing, football and rugby)
  • CULTC (lawn tennis club) nearby
  • I'll re-emphasise how beautiful the grounds are for added effect.
  • Nick Griffin's Alma Mater.

Cons

  • Nick Griffin's Alma Mater
  • Most expensive accommodation of any college according to the Tab. You'll be paying almost twice as much as your friends at other colleges :(
  • 3rd worst gender ratio of the undergrad colleges 66% male, 34% female
  • Gender pay gap of 14.3%
  • One of the worse colleges for state school access with only 62% coming from state schools
  • Made no offers to black students in 2014 and 2015
  • Have to walk back home past Spoons, Novi, All Bar One, which can be rowdy. A few girls have reported being followed back into college by members of the public
  • You can only have guests twice per term
  • Scrapped its storage facilities for international students leaving them with no place to leave their belongings outside of term time
  • Food is really expensive (2nd highest in Cambridge)
  • Lack of tables and chairs in most kitchens
  • JCR elections breached election rules with outgoing officers messaging members of the college encouraging them to vote for specific individuals for election
  • You'll be swimming with sharks (lawyers), so better grow some tee
  • You can't walk on some of the grass
  • Library near bar - there can be noise if you're working late (esp in summer when windows are open).
  • They draw you in with good 1st Year accommodation but it gets worse in later years
  • Wrong side of town for the Sidgwick site / West Cambridge site (faculties) - not actually that far but not as near as many other colleges.

Emmanuel College

Pros

  • Each room has a mini fridge for you to store all kinds of goodies in!
  • 24 hour library.
  • Ents in the bar on Wednesdays.
  • Does well in the Tompkins table.
  • The ducks. =P
  • Lots of open space and grass to walk or have a picnic on
  • Its location: close enough to the shops and the Downing Site (like what's been said in the prospectus - "a stone's throw away"), but far enough to hide from the masses of tourists each day.
  • The only college to offer a free laundry service in Cambridge, so no need to do your own if laundry isn't your kind of thing.
  • Probably has the cheapest college bar of them all.
  • Amazing welfare provision in the summer - bouncy castle, free yoga classes, Thai massages, mug painting on the paddock and the college Wii.
  • The college shop, selling stash, stationery, sweets, crisps and drinks all for cheaper than you'd find anywhere in town.
  • Graham Chapman went here, as did John Harvard (yes, that Harvard)
  • Has a swimming pool

Cons

  • 3rd worst college for state school access with only 53.3% coming from state schools
  • Gender pay gap of 10%
  • Not really ‘known’ for much
  • Quite hit and miss with accommodation
  • The College Drinking Society invited members to go out and 'smash the girls'
  • New freshers get thrown in the pond
  • You can't walk on the grass in the front court
  • Swimming pool isn't heated
  • Has library fines
  • There are very few ovens so self-catering can be difficult
  • Drinks in the bar are watered down
  • Internet connection cuts out occasionally
  • Wrong side of town for the Sidgwick site (arts) / West Cambridge site (Physics) - not actually that far but not as near as many other colleges.

Fitzwilliam College

Pros

  • Friendly and supportive atmosphere.
  • Excellent theatre and sport facilities: pitches and a tennis court are very close to college, squash courts are in college. Also badminton court. Sport wise has a quite good reputation, with Fitz Football Teams winning all three leagues in 2017, and well represented in almost all sports.
  • Some kitchen space in college, so self-catering can be done, all 3rd years and 2nd years have ovens. Most 1st year accommodation has ovens.
  • Truly beautiful gardens. Unlike most colleges, you can walk on some of the grass!
  • Lack of pretentiousness - very good state-school statistics.
  • Close to the West Cambridge site. Close to Aldi, Iceland and the Coop.
  • Out of the way of busy tourist places in the summer - you are never disturbed by people wandering through college aimlessly like in central colleges.
  • Reasonably spacious.
  • Brand new, very good library with IT rooms and access and lending 24/7.
  • Brand new gym, open since September 2015, which college members can use for free - also currently being updated.
  • New Boat House on the river with a BC that is well represented at all levels.
  • Good access to communal spaces - free pool and table football in the JCR and Wii/Sky Sports in the TV room.
  • One of the best cafes in Cambridge - turns into a bar at night. Routinely rated as one of the best value for money.
  • Some very modern buildings.
  • Can accommodate everyone who wants to be on site for all 3 years, but also has some college houses that are very close to the main site. Also has room for grads. All third years have en-suite bathrooms.
  • Half of the first year accommodation was recently renovated (summer 2015 and 2016) to a very high standard.
  • Has large bi-annual Fitz Up Look Sharp ent which is well-attended by Fitz students, other hill colleges and (some) central colleges.

Cons

  • Out of the town centre, quickest route home is uphill, but this forces you to do some exercise in your daily routine
  • Architecture of buildings can take some getting used to: brutalist Lasdun architecture isn't everyone's cup of tea - but it grows on you! But, some of the newer buildings are much more attractive and modern.
  • 5th worst gender ratio of the undergrad colleges 63% male 37% female
  • 3rd worst college regarding fining students (e.g. £240 for bringing college into disrepute)
  • There was a snake on the loose
  • The remaining old fresher's accommodation (40% of Freshers) is relatively small with limited kitchen facilities (no oven).
  • Food served in the buttery is relatively expensive and can sometimes be hit and miss, but has been improving.
  • Friends at other colleges typically want you to go to them rather than them coming to you because they think that you're too far out (we're not really!)
  • Has library fines

Girton College

Pros

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Really good college community - because it's further out people really spend time together and gel
  • Not as pushy academically as some of the other colleges, but people still get good grades
  • Not pretentious - You can walk on the grass
  • The cycle in and out gives you some time to wake up/clear your head after a hard day's work
  • Sports pitches are on-site, including squash and tennis courts.
  • Nice gardens
  • HM Queen Margaret II went here (the nice lady responsible for all the beautiful woodcuts in Lord of the Rings)
  • Accommodation isn't allocated based on academic performance.
  • 5 minute walk from the co-op.
  • Bar serves until midnight and stays open until 1-2am
  • Beautiful college library with one of the most extensive collections for English
  • The food is great in the canteen and the student kitchens are among the best (most equipped) of any college

Cons

  • Furthest college out. Not good if you don't want a 10-15 minute cycle in the mornings
  • Difficult if you have large gaps between lectures as you get stuck in town - not worth cycling back
  • Difficult to persuade friends from other colleges to come and visit - they can't 'drop in' easily
  • Accommodation and laundry is relatively expensive
  • Library closes at 11pm (not great if you'd like to use it in the early hours, but computer rooms stay open 24/7).
  • Feels a bit like a boarding school

Gonville and Caius College

Pros

  • Very central location right next to Great St. Mary's Church
  • All 1st years live together so it's very social and you get to know your year group very well, and all rooms are modern/spacious/ensuite (also conveniently located right next to the University Library + Sidgwick site - great for Humanities students!)
  • Accommodation in 2nd and 3rd year within or around main college site in centre of town - a good range of rooms allowing you to decide how much rent you want to pay (a decent number of rooms are "sets" - i.e. you get a living room as well as a bedroom)
  • Small but beautiful college site. Doesn't tend to attract many tourists despite its central location: a small haven amongst the bustle of King's Parade/Trinity Street.
  • Stunning, airy library right next to Senate House
  • The canteen arrangements (you have to eat together in hall a certain number of nights per term) means there's a strong vibrant community spirit.
  • 'Formal formal' a few times a term in addition to more relaxed formals 6 nights a week.
  • Free internet access and wifi
  • Pretty great, very 'Cambridge' May Ball.
  • Free garden party put on in May Week
  • Very good if you like rowing (richest college boat club with its own new boathouse opened in 2016)
  • Large undergraduate body so college sports clubs are well-established - one of the stronger colleges for inter-college sport and there's enough people to join you if you only want something more casual
  • Availability of generous grants/bursaries for buying books, sport, summer research work and holiday travel
  • Friendly and up for a laugh porters.
  • Has the nicest and most distinctive gown of all the Colleges (navy with black velvet trim as opposed to the ubiquitous and dull black everyone else seems to have). Most expensive gown, but the dining requirement means you get a lot of use out of it!
  • Well-rewarded if you get a first in any year: you get priority choice of accommodation, generous financial awards; Perse feast - you get invited to an 8 course meal complete with whiskey tasting and choir (one invite per person).
  • Many notable fellows/alumni: Stephen Hawking, James Chadwick, Francis Crick, John Venn, Kenneth Clarke, Jimmy Carr.
  • Lots of Tories (lots of CUCA members; Kenneth Clark, MP went here)


Cons

  • Lots of Tories (lots of CUCA members; Kenneth Clark, MP went here)
  • 3rd most expensive college to live at
  • 10% increase in rent and 6% increase in food prices
  • Gender imbalance 60% male 40% female
  • 3rd worst college for state school access with only 52.2% coming from state schools
  • 2nd worst college regarding fining students
  • Gender pay gap of 8.9%
  • Canteen arrangements where you have to eat in hall 36 times per term
  • College’s hall received one of the worst hygiene ratings in Cambridge
  • College food USED TO BE awful and very expensive
  • Not great vegetarian options
  • Expensive bar
  • Small main college site
  • No ovens or freezers in most accommodation, but there are microwaves, kettles, toasters, fridges and hobs.
  • Some accommodation in 2nd year is quite far out.
  • The college is on several sites, across different roads, which is a shame for bonding and isn’t as conducive to a community feel

Homerton College

Pros

  • Voted "friendliest college in Cambridge"
  • Cheapest Undergraduate accommodation prices across the university
  • Largest college in terms of student numbers, although Trinity is slightly bigger if you count fellows.
  • On-site accommodation for everyone. Mostly ensuite. West House (houses all freshers) is all ensuite. Rooms cleaned weekly
  • Informal,welcoming atmosphere. We're allowed to walk on the grass, and the only time when a gown is required is graduation.
  • Near to Nandos, The Junction, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Chiquito, Cinema etc only 2 minute walk. Closest college to the station
  • Large, modern library well stocked and open 24/7 (with student card)
  • The Union of Students (HUS) is one of the most active and has only full-time sabbatical student President in Cambridge, as well as the only member of employed staff (Office Manager). This means that lots of events are put on and the welfare support provided is brilliant.
  • Good sporting clubs - with Football, Ultimate frisbee, Rowing, Rugby, Tennis, Badminton, Cricket, Netball etc (>14 sports) Sports pitch, squash court and Croquet pitch on site. New College Gym
  • Strong drama scene - very active drama society within college (HATS) + well represented in uni-wide societies (ADC, Footlights)
  • The Music society(HCMS) puts on several concerts each term. 6 Music practice rooms and a collection of instruments in College
  • Ethical food policy (locally sourced etc). Staff paid at least living wage + none on zero-hours contracts
  • Beautiful main victorian building and the Great Hall is impressive too
  • Closest college to Biomedical campus(inc.Addenbrookes Hospital) and the Education Faculty
  • Lots of open green space including some rare trees and plants, including an orchard and playing field on site. Lots of animals including ducklings, deer, rabbits etc. Close to the Cambridge Botanical gardens too
  • Lots of buses, easy to get into town
  • Hall food is good. Large portions
  • Best graduate employment rate of any Cambridge college
  • No tourists

Cons

  • The location. 10-minute cycle into town and busy roads on route. *Not as far as map suggests*
  • Uni4 bus service no longer goes past college
  • Friends from other colleges always want you to visit them in town rather than coming out to Homerton
  • People always assume that you were pooled rather than choosing it
  • Apart from Junction, no clubs near
  • 2nd most expensive formals in Cambridge *however, they do provide wine which most other formals don't, so actually works out cheaper*
  • People always assume that you're studying Education (even if you're not)
  • Not on the river

Hughes Hall (mature students, undergraduates and graduates)

Pros

  • Located next to Mill Road, which has an international feel to it with international food stores and the annual Mill Road Fair.
  • Pleasant postgraduate atmosphere since it is is composed of students who are 21+ years. No unnecessary noise and drunk students are a rare sight.
  • Leafy 'campus' with garden feel.
  • Great accommodation including the stunning Gresham Building which overlooks Fenner's cricket ground.
  • Very informal atmosphere and no need for gowns for matriculation or formals. Infact, the only time you will ever need a gown is when you are attending your graduation.
  • Excellent food and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Formal hall is very informal. There is no high table and one can sit anywhere. You do not need a gown to attend a formal hall.
  • The Library is open 24/7 and the librarians are very warm and pleasant. They even provide coloring books and crayons for de-stressing during exam periods.
  • Guaranteed free tea and cakes every Sunday at 3pm, courtesy of the MCR.
  • Vibrant sports community ranging from football to rowing.
  • Located next to Parkside Pools and gyms, Outlook Gym and Parker's piece.
  • The lovely college cat, Charley aka Hugh.
  • Very friendly and casual staff and tutors.
  • Largest intake of MBA and PCGE students.

Cons

  • One of the newer colleges so it is not well known.
  • Postgraduate and mature undergrad only
  • Located far from other colleges and far from the Sidgwick site for humanities students

Jesus College

Pros

  • Slightly off the beaten track so you don't end up with many tourists - but still a two-minute walk into the very centre of town
  • Lots of interesting art and sculpture about the place
  • Huge grounds with the sports pitches right next to the college
  • Third richest College in Cambridge - so lots of grants, bursaries and prizes available for students
  • All 3 years accommodation within college or on the adjacent roads (Jesus Lane, Park St, Malcolm St)
  • Most first-year accommodation is ensuite
  • Graduate students can also live within college or on the adjacent roads for the full length of their course
  • Modern, spacious 24hr library
  • Free laundry room - with washing machines and tumble driers
  • JCR Common room has good TV and pool table
  • Very new College Bar (opened 2017) with microbrewery
  • Does well in sports, especially rugby, football and rowing
  • Has the oldest college building in Cambridge; the Chapel dates from the dates from the twelfth century
  • Very peaceful with lots of green, open spaces
  • Boat house is very close by if you're a prospective rower - just a 5 minute cycle
  • A lot of the college accommodation has been recently renovated so the accommodation is of a very high standard.
  • Many famous alumni - including Thomas Cranmer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Malthus and Prince Edward! A number of members of Clean Bandit also met at Jesus
  • Jesus College Music Society (JCMS) makes Jesus one of the strongest Colleges in Cambridge for music - with an orchestra, unauditioned choir, and a number of other ensembles, there's a weekly recital series as well as the termly concert. Famous musicians come to play at Jesus every so often too
  • One of the top Chapel Choirs in Cambridge. For men, evensong is four times a week: there is also the option to sing both with women and with boy choristers - so is a great option for those who are serious about singing but don't want the commitment to singing every day as at King's and John's. For women, evensong is twice a week - you get to sing with a choir with a great reputation
  • Probably the cheapest formal in Cambridge - three courses (wine not included - but it's BYOB) for just over £7!
  • Nearby to Sainsbury's
  • The new Intellectual Forum puts on interesting guest lectures in the new lecture theatre
  • One of the best and most popular May Balls in Cambridge
  • Medium-sized student population - not so big that it feels overwhelming, but small enough that you will know most people in your year!

Cons

  • Some slight gender imbalance in favour of men - although in recent years it has been 50:50 or better
  • 3rd biggest gender pay gap of all the colleges
  • Slight further away from Sidgwick Site (for arts/humanities students) than other colleges but still only a 15 minute walk max.
  • Slightly more expensive college bar, but very nice and new!
  • Freshers will harass you for tickets to the May Ball
  • £40 name change fee for the May Ball ticket!
  • Not a good option if you don't like random sculptures around - some of the modern art can spoil the setting a bit if it's not to your taste.
  • Constant jokes about the name - good if you're a Christian though!
  • Expensive food and high kitchen fixed charge (£175 per term) - although food is generally of a very high quality

King's College

Pros

  • Very diverse (for Cambridge) and friendly - high state school intake, strong sense of community and unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Good size in terms of grounds and year group size
  • Iconic Chapel that houses one of the best choirs in the world.
  • High Fellow to student ratio with debate encouraged (esp on politics, sociology, economics etc).
  • One of the most sociable colleges with v active Student Union, great ents, popular bar, mad keen mountaineering and kayaking association, King's Drama and loads of random fun.
  • Arguably the best College bar atmosphere in Cambridge (affected by the fact that all accommodation is close so it is well used) plus open mic nights and quality student-run club nights in the underground "Bunker".
  • Proper Hogwarts hall
  • 24/7 library with great views to the Chapel.
  • Has an Art Centre with a resident artist who runs classes, and a dark room for photographers
  • Incredibly central - basically everything is within a ten minute walk
  • On the river: has College-owned punts and kayaks, good riverside spots for a natter and general river fun.
  • Very musical, has large music library, good support for musicians, music database to encourage group forming, and good variety of music and formal/informal music-making.
  • "Chapel chill-out" with the awesome Chaplain (lad) as well as garden keep fit sessions during exam term.
  • Alan Turing, Robert Walpole, Salman Rushdie, John Maynard Keynes, David Baddiel, Ian Forster and Lily Cole all went here
  • Closest to Cambridge Market (cheap food, clothes, bicycles, etc.)
  • New College Gym
  • Good welfare support system with plenty of people there to help you.
  • Financial support for international students.
  • The porters are actually really friendly and even get into fancy dress for formals.
  • Very popular and highly regarded for HSPS and Economics
  • Hosts the King´s Affair (instead of a May Ball) which is themed and costs literally half as much as most May Balls.
  • Has a debated communist link. Barely anybody is communist but the students are very political
  • Incredible Formals, everybody wants to go they are so exciting (other colleges ones are quite dull sometimes)

Cons

  • 10th most expensive college to live at
  • Tourists flood the college gate AT ALL TIMES
  • You can't walk on the main lawns except for special occasions (though there is a huge, private, garden as well as lawn by the river and riverbank where you can go on the grass)
  • Accommodation isn't as impressive as you'd expect
  • Formals are the most expensive in Cambridge (widely consider the best however)
  • College wine is quite expensive (beer however is not)
  • Formals are only once every weeks (sometimes two) and tickets are very limited, getting them is like getting concert tickets
  • Sport is lacking in some areas
  • Conferencing takes over some areas of the college sometimes, students are not seen as a priority by some members of staff

Lucy Cavendish (mature students, female undergraduates)

Pros

  • Supportive atmosphere in an all-women's environment
  • Lucy Cavendish is a female college, so you can be friends with plenty of girls and boys at the uni, but you will only live with girls
  • All fellows are women and there are no high tables in halls, unlike the other more traditional colleges
  • A high proportion of students from 'ordinary'/working-class backgrounds with varied life experiences
  • Enjoys a particularly good reputation for English, HSPS, Linguistics, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine
  • Great atmosphere for students in STEM fields, there is a large community of science students and many tutors and fellows who are currently holding faculty position in science departments
  • Very close to West Cambridge (Department of Veterinary Medicine, Whittle Laboratory, Cavendish Laboratory, British Antarctic Survey, Computer-Aided Design Centre, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, William Gates Building, Roger Needham Building, Schofield Centre, Nanoscale Science Laboratory, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE), Centre for the Physics of Medicine, Alan Reece Building, Hauser Forum, Department of Materials Science, University Sports Centre)
  • Location is very good for arts students- it's very close to the Sidgwick Site (ten minutes walk) and is also close to some of the 'big' colleges, such as St. John's, Trinity, Magdalene, Queens. It's only a short walk into the town centre.
  • If mingling with the opposite sex is a problem, St Edmund's College is literally next door (composed mostly of male students and they host some of the best social events!)
  • College has a Library open 24/7 (the University Library shuts at 7pm), with friendly librarians who will always help you to get the books you need
  • The college has the most helpful porters - nothing is too much trouble for them.
  • The college gardens (with loads of benches, tables etc.) are lovely to sit in/study/chat with friends. There is no "sacred grass" so you can really enjoy these gardens.
  • Choice at lunch time: 2 hot main, fresh vegetables potatoes, rice pasta or couscous, Baked Potatoes and fillings, home made soup, 6 salads, cold main course items, pudding, fresh fruit, yogurts, biscuits, nuts and dried snacks, fruit juice , smoothies, tea coffee chocolate. Theme suppers on Tuesdays. Take away available for those that cannot make meal times and Grab a bag for those that wish to take lunch with them to lectures. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday Roast.
  • The is a gym onsite, which will receive new machines this year
  • Lucy Cavendish offers many off-site accommodation options for graduate students in a wide range of prices, some are very cheap for Cambridge standards. All the rooms are really nice, even the cheapest ones, and there is kitchens, living rooms, washing machines, and driers in the building.
  • Lucy Cavendish has relatively new accommodation, and really new accommodation (less than one year). Therefore, the rooms are in great conditions. Some of the oldest buildings do look really nice but students do experience the problems of living in a building that was originally built in the middle ages.
  • Lucy Cavendish is one of the colleges that gives the most funding per students, and it offers plenty of grants for research and research-related travel. It is also one of the colleges with the highest number of Gates scholars.
  • In average everyone is pretty young and in their early/mid-twenties, which is not the case in the other mature colleges
  • [EU and international students] If you're unlikely to be able to travel to Cambridge for interview, no problem! Just let them know and they'll interview you via skype. The're extremely flexible, supportive and attentive.
  • They offer generous financial support to students from poorer backgrounds.

Cons

  • The highest Minimum Meal Charge (MMC) of any college (£399!). This means your university card is arbitrarily pre-loaded with £399 of your precious money at the beginning of the year and you're forced into spending it at the college canteen. (The argument for the MMC is that it encourages people to eat communally and interact socially, and if only limited numbers ate there it would not be viable to keep it going. It comes out at around £12 per week, which can be spent on any meals or guests.) But the money will be deleted at the end of the year if it is not used up!
  • Food is a bit hit and miss and food in canteen is limited - paying near the 5 quid mark for beans and potatoes isn't uncommon and ethnic food isn't often catered for (eg special nights for Indian, Thai food etc). You need to get into the canteen quick as they often run out of food...
  • College bar is often closed
  • The college is very small which is good for getting to know everyone, but some people might not like it
  • Literally nothing wrong with this one

Magdalene College

Pros

  • Cheapest formal in Cambridge but still good food, candlelit, very atmospheric, and held every evening
  • Food hall (Ramsay) serves cheap but nice food
  • Very friendly and small enough you can know everyone if you want to
  • Friendly porters
  • Far enough out that there are very few tourists but still 5 mins walk from Sainsbury's, so fairly central
  • Most river frontage of all colleges and has a 'beach'
  • Allowed to walk on the grass in the Fellows' Garden, beautiful flowers and inspiring place to revise!
  • College-owned punts for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Music practice rooms that anyone can use
  • Two college gyms (cardio and weights)
  • The only (compulsorily) white-tie May Ball, but see "con" below
  • Eton fives court - this is the only college fives court in Cambridge; there are three more in the Sports Centre though
  • Monty Don went here
  • Accommodation all on or around main site (across Magdalene Street or Chesterton Road), 'village' atmosphere

Cons

  • Charges for WiFi
  • Last to accept women in 1988 (was protested by men wearing black armbands)
  • May Ball tickets and hiring white tie outfit very expensive (most expensive in Cambridge), and only held once every 2 years, but attendance not compulsory
  • Buildings like Benson O are truly ugly
  • Very expensive kitchen fixed charge
  • JCR web page very rarely updated
  • Balloting site missing a large amount of basic information
  • Proposed construction of the new library will require the demolition of a large stretch of greenery
  • President-elect resigned after trying to manipulate the results of the JCR elections
  • Has library fines
  • You get a lot of tourists on the Magdalene Bridge

Murray Edwards (female)

Pros

  • Not an insular college - people know a lot of people from other colleges.
  • Community with the hill colleges - Fitz and Churchill. They share a lot of ents together.
  • Relaxed atmosphere - gowns not compulsory for formals and you can walk on whatever grass you like.
  • Largest collection of Women's Art in Europe, and second in the world! These are different from the classical paintings the older colleges get. They definitely give the college a fresher feel. There are also regular exhibitions on which students are free to go to.
  • The girls here are absolutely lovely and really supportive. They are not overly-competitive, so it makes studying a lot more enjoyable.
  • Different architecture
  • Really good, modern accommodation - you can generally get an en-suite every year if you want, all first years get en-suites and large, spacious rooms. Buckingham House has amazing, hotel-standard accommodation with huge kitchens
  • Sports grounds on site
  • Easy to get to a lot of the main sites - West Cambridge, Sidgwick, Downing, New Museums
  • Good pastoral support - something that is seriously lacking in some other colleges
  • Amazing and very popular Saturday Brunch
  • Generally very good catering facilities - all first year accommodation has a (admittedly fairly small) kitchen with all the essentials (hob, oven, microwave, cupboard each, rather small fridge, etc.) and all second year accommodation comes with decent kitchens too - the more modern accommodation blocks have very large kitchens with ovens etc., and most of the kitchens in old block have been refurbished to a really high standard (although they don't always have ovens, but generally this isn't an issue as most students just use the hob anyway)
  • Get fit cycling uphill to get there!
  • Gap year bursaries
  • Generous scholarships for receiving a 1st in any Tripos exam
  • A friendly, supportive space for female students and academics - a lot of emphasis is placed on challenging stereotypes about women
  • Gateway programme - a series of careers and academic workshops aimed to help you make the most of your time at Cambridge and think about your future, as well as teaching you how to tackle exams etc. These workshops are all free to attend and generally come with free cake, and you earn 'Gateway Credits' - if you get 100 credits (not particularly challenging, usually it's about 20 credits a session) you can apply for Gateway Challenges Funding towards summer projects/ travels etc.

Cons

  • Misconception that people from girls colleges are not as intelligent as people from mixed colleges - probably because of Con 2 below.
  • ~90% of people there were pooled and didn't pick it as a first choice
  • Different architecture - the modern, white and grey brick buildings are not to everyone's taste.
  • You have to cycle uphill to get there.
  • Overpriced accommodation - not much of a range in price between the luxury en-suites and small single rooms in old block. However, there is the option to share a 'split double' room which is significantly cheaper
  • Pretty expensive for things like food (~£3-4 a meal, £11.50 for formals), wine (£7.50), laundry (£3), Wifi (£24.53) etc.
  • Highest kitchen fixed charge (£200)
  • No dinner served on Saturdays - can sometimes get a bit crowded with everyone trying to cook in the kitchens. Mind you, at least we have decent kitchens...
  • Quite a long way from South Cambridge sites - e.g. the Lensfield Road Chemistry Department is a 15 minute cycle ride away

Newnham College (female)

Pros

  • Opposite the Sidgwick Site (where most of the Arts faculties are)
  • Attractive (old) buildings with beautiful, large gardens in which you are allowed to walk (sit, picnic) on the grass
  • The longest corridor in Europe
  • Accommodation on site all three years
  • Beautiful, beautiful student bedrooms, allocated by random ballot (as opposed to one based on grades in exams - Scholars' ballots) so that in your third year you are guaranteed a beautiful room usually with a sofa or armchairs and a garden view
  • Excellent kitchens and buttery (cafeteria) which was built only in 2009
  • All sports grounds on site, netball and tennis courts
  • Drama studio and an excellent college based drama society
  • A friendly atmosphere, rather than one which is based wholly on the attainment of firsts and thus encourages students to live in the library (*not* an exaggeration - at Christ's the library has showers...)
  • The pool table in the bar is free!
  • Emma Thompson went here
  • Sylvia Plath went here
  • Female sports teams aren't sidelined like in some other colleges, so teams get more support/funding than they sometimes do elsewhere

Cons

  • 5th most expensive college to live at
  • Everyone charged a flat rate of £1300 a term regardless of which room you're allocated, so no way of opting for cheaper accommodation if needed
  • Everyone assumes you were pooled
  • Has library fines
  • College atmosphere not as strong as in other Colleges as the all-girls thing makes people go elsewhere for mixed company.
  • Linked to the point above - not much of an atmosphere in the bar.
  • Constant jokes about single sex colleges.
  • Fines students heavily for not cleaning their room or not signing out at the end of term

Pembroke College

Pros

  • The food is probably some of the nicest in Cambridge
  • Oldest bowling green in use in existence in Europe
  • The holy grail that is Pembroke Brunch
  • As a scientist: close to all the lecture theatres
  • As an arts student: one of the best colleges in terms of reputation and supervisors, produces many starred firsts
  • Some of the friendliest porters you will ever meet
  • Accomodation for all 3 years (plus another 3 years if a clinical medical student)
  • Has travel grants and book grants ever year for students
  • Has research grants for summer work for students
  • Prof. Ken Smith (Prof of Medicine at Addenbrooke's hospital) is a fantastic contact to have as a clinical medic (he is your Director of Studies)
  • Can play croquet on green (during summer term)
  • Very quiet during exam term, which is a bonus for concentration!
  • Strong academic performance (2nd in 2013), without being a massive hot-house. You are still encouraged to do other things.
  • Pembroke Players (the drama soc) has one of the best reputations for student theatre
  • few tourists, slightly off the beaten track even though v central - tranquil atmosphere
  • Eric Spam Idle went here
  • Smoking no longer permitted in accommodation from 2015/16 onwards
  • Henry Moore sculpture outside main residential building
  • Food prices are reasonable (£1 for any side dish, around £3 for main courses)
  • Formal hall available every night, so the choice is always there and fits easily around your schedule

Cons

  • A Pembroke student tried to burn a £20 note in front of a homeless person
  • £180 noise violation fine
  • £70 fine for setting off the fire alarm
  • O staircase collapsed with a big hole in the middle of the staircase you need to jump over
  • Insufficient heating in many rooms on the main site in student accommodation
  • Gender pay gap of 11.3%
  • Scholar's ballot makes it difficult for arts and humanities students to get good rooms in later years
  • Most expensive pint in Cambridge
  • Spent £6500 of public money for a DESK
  • Brunch prices increased dramatically
  • There's an ‘alternative’ brunch on Saturdays and regular Sunday brunch has been cancelled
  • Food is good but overpriced
  • Bizarre looking sculpture in the middle of a court
  • Some accommodation is not central (e.g. on Barton road) - you may end up a long way from the prrtty college site
  • Overzealous bedders
  • Supervisors are very VERY keen, will keep you on your toes
  • The atmosphere can be intense and the library gets very crowded
  • Some rooms are rather old and tatty
  • Unlikely to be on main site in second year. Second and third year accomodation isn’t central – could end up far away from the college site – and is a bit old and tatty
  • Not on the river

Peterhouse

Pros

  • Has a proper tiered theatre
  • Looks really pretty
  • Incredibly atmospheric, dark & candlelit hall
  • Lots of tradition. Frequent and excellent formal dinners (subject and society based), and other social quirks, like tri-termly Dean's Port evenings and weekly Dean's tea (obscene amounts of free cake) during exam term
  • Obscenely rich (somewhere around £500,000 per undergraduate in endowments—the third richest college per head, after Trinity and John's). Lots of study & travel grants and generous awards/prizes
  • One of the nicest libraries in Cambridge with 65,000+ books: like everything in Peterhouse, "small and perfectly formed"
  • Close to sciences and engineering departments, and about 10 mins walk to Sidgwick (arts) Site.
  • Central and convenient
  • But at the same time that little bit too far away from King's for that many tourists to bother visiting
  • Great Deer Park that you can walk on (NB: no actual deer)
  • Excellent accommodation (and rooms are a max 4 minute walk away from college site, if not on the site itself). Huge range of prices and sizes to choose from, from about £550 (the cheapest room in Cambridge, I think?) to £1,700 a term. Most bunch in the middle, and you can get a spacious seventeenth-century room in Old Court (with old wood beams etc) for £1050 a term (in 2016).
  • The hall is the oldest secular building in Europe still used for its original purpose
  • The oldest college, which is quite cool I suppose
  • Croquet equipment may be loaned out
  • VERY helpful Admissions Department
  • The only college that has a points-based (for participation in College/uni life, also for exam results) room ballot - students are rewarded for more than just studying
  • Third years have the option of living in Old Court—right in College
  • The smallest college, so all of your year (plus Master, Dean, and porters) will know you by name. Also means a lot of mingling between year groups (comes in useful for subject help), and even between undergrads and postgrads.
  • David Mitchell studied there.

Cons

  • Gender imbalance 57% male 43% female
  • Formal hall food not that great (on the plus side, formal hall is on every night)
  • Expensive food
  • Minimum meal charge - have to buy 35 meals costing at least £2.80 each per term (but formals count as 2 meals), even if you’d rather cook [changing for 2018-19]
  • One of the highest kitchen fixed charges in Cambridge (£170 per term)
  • Room points system means best rooms go to those in lots of societies
  • Has library fines
  • The smallest college, so all of your year (plus Master, Dean, and porters) will know you by name; the skeletons in your closet will be set out for all to see
  • (Possibly) too much tradition, so a bit stuffy. Difficult to get things done. Explains why its mascot is the dodo
  • William Stone Building is a horrible-looking 60's accommodation tower. But it has nice views + en suites. The tallest undergraduate accommodation in Cambridge!
  • Slightly stuffy reputation

Queens' College

Pros

  • 3 years accommodation on site guaranteed, which means you can get to know people in the other years really well. (Most other colleges move people in 2nd year out to college owned houses or have off college site accommodation blocks for freshers/2nd years - e.g. Clare/Caius/Catz/Trin etc)
  • Good size,~160 a year.
  • Renowned for being one of the friendliest and most sociable colleges in Cambridge.
  • First Oxbridge College to pay employees the living wage.
  • Great location (center of town and close to lectures for pretty much all subjects.)
  • Not baraged by tourists like others nearby .
  • Super nice and friendly porters
  • Some beautiful old buildings and the mathematical bridge.
  • Quality, cheap formals and brunch. (Brunch is £2.60 for 8 pieces as of 2017)
  • Stephen Fry studied here.
  • Vlogger Jake Wright studied here.
  • Arts students: very near Sidgwick site arts faculties
  • Great for extracurriculars, Magsoc (music society) performs regularly at West Road Concert Hall, and all three football teams were promoted in 2015 for example.
  • Active QEnts society which host 5 bops a term in Lent and Michaelmas + film screenings + an evening garden party in May Week called Bounce
  • No Kitchen Fixed Charge or compulsory number of formals per term
  • Good size bar with pool tables, tvs and a dartboard
  • There are 3 squash courts on the main site

Cons

  • 4th most expensive college to live at. They monitor your energy usage unlike other colleges (Accom ranges from £1050 a term to ~£1800 mainly dependent on whether the room's ensuite or not)
  • Some kitchens are very small, very few have freezers and none have ovens unlike some other colleges (Newnham/Medwards/Fitz)
  • Expensive laundry compared to other colleges (£1.40 for a wash)
  • Ballot changes mean you can no longer select other people to ballot with, meaning that you can't be assured of living with your friends
  • The changes to the room ballot also mean you could come last out of all ~300 students balloting in both first and second year
  • The Dean blackmailed the JCR in the name of welfare because of the ballot
  • Has library fines
  • Bops cancelled for a term after someones vomit stained stonework in Cripps in 2015 (Bops have been safe as of 2017)
  • Cripps building is ugly
  • Some accommodation is shared walkthrough sets of rooms - one person has to walk through the other person's room to get to theirs.
  • Natural Sciences Director of Studies sent 1st years an email telling them they are not allowed to have “what they regard as ‘a good time’”, that “ALL of [their] attention” needs to be given to the subject as it requires "[their] FULL brain capacity (and for a large fraction of you, even that will not be quite enough)"
  • Lots of tourists on Silver Street looking at the mathematical bridge
  • Don't choose them if you're already at uni, whether in the UK or elsewhere, and are studying the same (or a very similar) subject to the one you're applying for.
  • College sometimes seem to prefer hosting conferences than acting within the interest of the undergraduate student body
  • Rubbish JCR room (but good bar makes up for this)
  • Very small gym

Robinson College

Pros

  • Modern, comfortable building with plenty of heating and guaranteed accommodation for all 3 years on site.
  • In the main college block there's a maximum of 3 people per bathroom, although almost all rooms have 2 or fewer per bathroom and many rooms are en-suite (more toilets per undergraduate than any other college).
  • There's a kettle in every bedroom.
  • Relaxed atmosphere (you can walk on the grass!) and the gardens are extremely nice in summer.
  • Pleasant, quiet location in nice surroundings well away from the tourists.
  • Nearest college to the University Library and CURTC (uni tennis club) at Burrells Walk.
  • Close to the university astroturf (hockey) and athletics track, as well at the university rugby pitch. Free-to-use squash courts literally 1 minute's walk from the porter's lodge.
  • Closest college to the West Cambridge Uni Gym ( ~5-6min cycle) & Cavendish labs
  • 5 min walk/ 2min cycle to Sidgewick site (Lots of humanities lectures + ~half medicine lectures here)
  • Lots of socialising between years, which doesn't happen at all colleges.
  • Excellent canteen and formal food (Joint best with Pembroke a few years ago)
  • Bops every Friday
  • Cool porters.
  • 60 inch television (with free access to consoles through the Video Game Society) and incredibly comfortable beanbags in the JCR.
  • Jelly Society.
  • Free films in the Auditorium every Sunday.
  • No tourists
  • Robert Webb went here
  • Nick Clegg studied here

Cons

  • 2nd most expensive college to live at
  • Gender imbalance 60% male 40% female
  • Worst college regarding state school access with only 47.4% of people coming from state schools
  • 2nd biggest gender pay gap of all the colleges
  • The most recently built college, Robinson's plainish brick castle look can put off those who prefer more traditional architecture.
  • May Ball headliner came on stage in blackface
  • Shots banned at bops
  • Not for people who don't like red
  • College doesn't have much money so you don't get luxuries like college-owned punts, a proper gym or much in the way of bursaries.
  • Because of the modern facilities and college's skintness, rents are expensive.
  • No cash machines or shops nearby
  • Former english professor here was a pedo
  • Relatively far away from the action, really. ~15 minute walk to the centre of town/ 7-8 min science
  • Nick Clegg studied here
  • Hate for the Lib dems is evident

St Catharine's College

Pros

Accommodation

  • Amazing accommodation at lower than average rents, guaranteed for the duration of your course
  • Some rooms have staircases and pianos!
  • Some rooms have a mini fridge for you to store all kinds of goodies in!
  • Some rooms have whiteboards to assist with your work
  • First-year accommodation is incredibly spacious
  • Second-year accommodation is really good: big, modern rooms in flats of 4 or 5 with proper kitchens (ovens etc) rather than college gyp rooms, plus it is right next to Sidgwick Site so extremely useful if you study Law, English, History, Economics, Languages, Philosophy or Music & don't like getting up too early in the morning

Wealth

  • Cheapest college in Cambridge concerning living costs according to the Tab
  • Up to £1000 on top of the Cambridge bursary plus up to £5000 for overseas students & even £100 - £200 if you achieve a First
  • Generous with travel grants and sports bursaries
  • Assets of over £150,000 per student

People

  • Has a rep for being one of the most social, friendly and relaxed colleges
  • Goldilocks size. Roughly 130 students per year. Not too big to feel unknown, still large enough to meet lots of new people
  • Exactly 50:50 split of genders, perfect balance of private/state educated & Home/EU + International students who are all welcome
  • Really helpful porters
  • Had 3 of the 11 Cambridge students in the Tab's top 100 women to watch in 2018
  • The Master has a very cute dog which you can sign up to take for a walk

Food

  • Very good food with a wide variety of meat and vegetarian options and only college with a cheese course for formals

Location

  • Main college site is very central & one of the best locations in Cambridge. 2 min ride from Sainsbury's, Nando's, Pizza Hut, Downing (Science) site; 3 mins from the Sedgwick (Arts & Humanities) site
  • Closest college to Varsity's HQ (the student newspaper) so great if you're a budding journalist

Opportunities

  • Has a Careers Dinner to help students secure spring weeks and internships

Socials

  • Ridiculously cheap Garden Parties and May Balls so everyone can afford to go!

Bar

  • 2nd best bar in Cambridge. Awesome air-conditioning. Can play on the Xbox One, Pool or Table football

Academics

  • Came 1st overall in medicine
  • Came 2nd overall in economics
  • One of the best colleges for NatSci - particularly for chemistry largely due to the efforts of world famous Dr. Wothers
  • Unusual in that you tend to get fellows supervising you instead of PhD students in 1st year subjects such as NatSci
  • Engineering fellow Dr. Jenni Sidey is an astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency

Free stuff

  • Many opportunities for free food such as Smoothie Soc, Movie Night, Welfare tea, coffee & pizza ;)
  • Does well in the Student Switch Off campaign winning 100s of tubs of Ben & Jerry's for the college

Sports

  • Officially named the sportiest college in the Tab with the most sporting Blues per head
  • Great sporting atmosphere. Always has one of the biggest turnout at sports matches!
  • Excellent hockey teams - with its own all weather AstroTurf
  • Superb sports facilities including extensive playing fields; squash, badminton & tennis courts; a gym; and a renovated boathouse

Societies

  • Has the most Mental Health (Student Minds) reps of any college
  • College FIFA tournament!

Facilities

  • Great internet coverage. It even connects outside the college
  • Catz has a brand new JCR with new sound system
  • Free and well equipped gym
  • New McGrath Centre also has practice studios for musicians & new auditorium for events
  • Very secure underground bike shed so they’re less likely to be stolen

Library

  • One of the only colleges with 2 libraries
  • Brand new 24hr library
  • No library fines
  • Sherlock library is one of the prettiest old libraries at Cambridge

History

  • Once a year when the ducklings hatch in spring, the college specially opens its gates to allow them to pass to the river
  • Does a lot for Lower 6th including Medicine masterclasses in June & the C3L6
  • First Fairtrade college in Cambridge
  • 1 of 3 colleges to pay ALL workers the living wage
  • Only college where black students had the same admissions rates as white students according to the FoI data published in the Guardian
  • Has Mendeleev's first Periodic Table in existence
  • First college to implement degendered dress code for formal dinners
  • Was the only Oxbridge college to have a girls’ choir (Merton College, Oxford have one now)

Alumni

  • Jeremy Paxman (University Challenge), John Addenbrooke (teaching hospital in Cambridge), David Harding (billionaire founder of Winton Group), Rebecca Hall (actress), Richard Ayoade (comedian), Ben Miller (comedian), Rona Fairhead (Minister of State at the Department for International Trade), Amanda Staveley (organised high-profile purchase of Man City in 2008), Peter Boizot (founder of PizzaExpress), Tim Waterstone (founder of Waterstones) & the guy who gave Jeremy Corbyn a pringle all went here
  • Olympic rowing Gold medalist, George Nash, read Engineering here
  • The Master, Professor Sir Mark Welland, was part of the team that developed one of the first scanning tunneling microscopes with IBM
  • Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) studied here

Cons

  • The rooms can get a bit hot during summer
  • Architecture is a mix of styles making it look less impressive than nearby old colleges
  • The dining hall is pine-panelled, not as impressive as those in many of the older colleges
  • The lawn could be smoother or more closely cut
  • Smaller than other colleges but it means you get to know everyone better
  • Not as many famous alumni as some colleges
  • The crest is not that interesting. Just a wheel
  • Can't walk on the grass until the end of the year or you're walking with a fellow ;)
  • The chapel and choir aren't as big as other colleges
  • People always misspell the name

St Edmund's College (mature students, undergraduates and graduates)

Pros

  • Mature, laid-back atmosphere - students and fellows
  • Next to the curry-mile
  • Known for being a very social college- hosts some of the best social events (Halloween, Oktoberfest- loads of people turn up so go to those!)
  • Large choice of en-suite, modern accommodation
  • Excellent sporting tradition
  • Very diverse international student body with a good proportion of British students
  • It's not the wealthiest college, but they appear to subsidise students well- all mature undergrads get an automatic £1,000 Santander Award and a £400 Access to Learning Start-Up Grant (see their website, both awards are non-repayable)

Cons

  • Who charges for WiFi?
  • Nobody ever knows where it is as its location is 'hidden' despite being quite close to the centre of town
  • Lack of heavyweight academic reputation
  • As with other less well-off colleges, accommodation and food is expensive
  • Quite a high proportion of male students, mostly studying the sciences. Great if you're female...
  • Or gay. Its 2016 no need to be heteronormative.

St John's College

Pros

  • Most supervisions are in college because we have so many fellows
  • 24 hour library (with a groovy basement)
  • Best of both worlds: entrance located in the old town, but it spans all the way to the Backs
  • Second richest college after Trinity College: lots of bursaries and grants, for example:
    • The Learning and Research Grant will subsidise 50% of books etc. (anything course-related, including computers!) up to £300 (£500/year for postgrads)
    • A variety of Travel Grants.
    • Studentship scheme, offering up to £6500 per year to students with low household incomes
  • Holds the oldest, biggest and most infamous May Ball (Daily Mail covers it every year) which has been ranked as the world's 7th best party according to Time Magazine and 3rd in the same classification by Vanity Fair.
  • Cheap (in relation to restaurants etc), decent food in the buttery (http://johnsbuttery.soc.srcf.net) - lots of ingenious potato options
  • Sporty - very good for rugby, the sports pitches are right next to the college (unlike most colleges) and its one of only two colleges with their own astroturf pitch!
  • Great facilities (huge sports grounds) and standards of rooms - can stay in college for 3 years. It's rich.
  • College-owned punts
  • Free laundry!
  • Great chaplain and chapel
  • World-famous choir and great music scene (lots of concerts going on in the Master's Lodge, Divinity School, etc.)
  • AMAZING bar! Very cheap prices and definitely one of the better college bars in Cam
  • Amazing formal hall. Lots of people want swaps here! £10 for three courses plus wine, £6.50 without wine
    • Lots of "special" Halls, like Harry Potter Superhall, Chinese New Year Superhall, etc.
  • "Professor" Jimmy Edwards studied here
  • Has a ‘babysitting’ scheme for drunk students (you get paid £100 a night.. worth it)
  • Has a community service' scheme instead of fines for misdemeanours
  • Dedicated prayer room in D staircase, Cripps

Cons

  • Gender imbalance 59% male 41% female
  • 1 of 2 colleges not to fly the LGBT+ flag on main flagpole on 1 February (although it is displayed in porter's lodges etc)
  • The WORST college for state school access with LESS THAN HALF coming from state schools (48.6%)
  • Food is overpriced in comparison to some other colleges
  • Has library fines - 50p per day overdue
  • Scholar's ballot makes it difficult for arts and humanities students to get good rooms in later years
  • Cripps (the post-modern building at the back of the College is either 'ugly' or 'the most beautiful building to come out of the 1960's - in all fairness its a lot nicer than the other modern buildings most Colleges have
  • Inconveniently large. Takes forever to get from one side of college to another. (Only really an issue if carrying laundry)
  • Has a reputation for being very posh. All the students say "I'd rather be at Oxford than St John's". This reputation is the bad thing, the reality is much better.
  • Has a ‘babysitting’ scheme for drunk students (you get fined £100 a night.. not worth it)
  • Has a community service' scheme instead of fines for misdemeanours
  • Lots of tourists
  • It's next door to Trinity

Selwyn College

Pros

  • Very friendly college, not too big or too small with a great sense of community (~120 per year)
  • Beautiful buildings in Old Court, with a gorgeous Hogwarts-esque hall and a chapel that's like a mini-King's
  • Really pretty gardens and trees which blossom in spring, and you can walk on all the grass except in Old Court. You can always hear the birds singing, it's really peaceful
  • 50/50 gender split, and 70% of people come from state schools

Location

  • Next door to the Sidgwick Site (where most of the Arts faculties are) - I left for a 10am lecture at 10am and arrived on time! It's also useful for all the libraries which provide alternative study spaces, and the University Library is close by too
  • Next to the Music Faculty and West Road Concert Hall (enjoy world-class concerts at night and free Lunchtime Concerts!)
  • Closer than most colleges to the West Cambridge Site (for scientists) and the Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Accommodation and Facilities

  • Nice accommodation - Cripps for first years is newly refurbished and all ensuite, Ann's for second years was built in 2009 (also all ensuite) and Old Court for third years is being refurbished, with a mixture of rooms with shared bathrooms, sets (a bedroom and a living room) and even ensuite sets!
  • Accommodation is decided in a random ballot, and you can group with friends to choose rooms together - there's no special rooms for getting firsts
  • Everyone is housed onsite so you're never far from your friends
  • Good kitchens with hobs and big fridges - kitchens in the houses even have ovens
  • Hall does takeaway containers so you can eat meals in the gardens in summer
  • Free WiFi (unless you go over 10GB per day, which most people don't)
  • Free pool table, table tennis and football table in the JCR - we also have a competitive table tennis team who won the league this year (2017/18)
  • Lovely, cozy library with lots of history books - we're also getting a new library and auditorium, due to open in September 2020
  • The bar is being refurbished in summer 2018, and is also being turned into a cafe during the day
  • We have a snazzy modern boathouse that we share with King's and Churchill

Other stuff

  • We have a great brunch on a Sunday morning (so the Natural Scientists can come too! most other colleges do it on Saturday) - it's ridiculously cheap and has all sorts of delicious food from a cooked breakfast to pancakes and waffles
  • Has a yearly Snowball in December and a May Ball every other year
  • The atmosphere at formals is great, it's bring-your-own-booze (not spirits though) and you can penny people (a drinking game)
  • There's people who go clubbing and stuff, but there's no pressure to drink if you don't want to
  • Hugh Laurie studied here, as did Tom Hollander!
  • Selwyn also educated Sophie Wilson, the creator of the Acorn micro-computer who also contributed to the ARM micro-processor that's found in over half of today's consumer electronics, as well as the Firepath processor that supports broadband infrastructure worldwide
  • Our gowns are distinctive and pretty - black with blue trim
  • Won't be distracted by tourists
  • Friendly porters, chaplain and college staff - the Master is also an absolute legend (he got dissed by Trump on Twitter once)
  • Has Yoyo, the "very large cat" who sometimes appears at events with the Master, or at outdoor supervisions in summer
  • Gryffindor colours! The BEST college scarf is our one

Cons

  • 7th most expensive college to live at, especially in first year where there's not much choice on accommodation
  • Quite a poor college by Cambridge standards, so there aren't a huge amount of scholarships and awards (but if you're in financial need they will help you)
  • Closeness to Sidgwick Site/the UL means arts students can get stuck outside of town when there's lots of work
  • Expensive food - usually around £2.70 for a main but that doesn't include potatoes/rice or vegetables, although the sides are about 50p and absolutely massive!
  • Food at formals is a bit meh given you pay £12 (a bit more expensive than other colleges)
  • 4th-year accommodation (excluding people who did a year abroad, who are counted as third years) limited to 2 staircases, rather than the whole college as before
  • There's going to be building work in Ann's Court for the new library, although this means a tasty 20% rent reduction on some very nice rooms
  • Senior Tutor is very focused on academics - college sometimes focuses more on results than welfare
  • The boat club is pretty average (although this does mean it's easy to get in the first boat, and it's very welcoming of beginners!!)
  • Not many student societies other than sports (of which there are plenty)
  • Not near shops, restaurants or cash machines, especially Sainsbury's (but closer to Aldi)
  • Not very famous, if that matters to you

Sidney Sussex College

Pros

  • Opposite Sainsbury's - this is amazing!
  • Lovely big gardens in which you are allowed to sit on the grass
  • Very friendly atmosphere.
  • The Fellows are very helpful and supportive
  • Very beautiful buildings
  • The Porters are very kind and helpful
  • The boat club has rowers of lots of different abilities, many of whom are total novices before joining
  • Great community feel thanks to small size and many student run organizations
  • The college bar is student run and is therefore one of the cheapest in Cambridge
  • Known for possessing beautiful people
  • Huge gardens which is great for summer
  • Students have a very good work life balance in general
  • Barbeques for students to use in summer term

Cons

  • Big construction work in College for 3 years from summer 2017
  • Hosted a camp, known as the ‘Wilberforce Academy’ for Christian Concern which are anti-abortion, think homosexuality is a sin, that aspects of embryo research are the work of the devil and most surprisingly, that the world is only 4,000 years old
  • Noise from clubs and buskers
  • Has library fines
  • Unremarkable - people often don't know which college it is
  • Sidney street is one of main shopping areas and gets very congested with both shoppers and tourists (especially on Saturdays) and is one way even for cyclists
  • Not the most competitive in sports
  • Temperature in rooms is usually quite uncomfortable -- even the new builds will be way too hot

Trinity College

Pros

  • Richest Oxbridge college by far - endowed with well over £1 billion!
  • Lots of grants, accommodation is excellent and reasonably priced and facilities are good
  • 6th-cheapest College for accommodation (an average they deliberately try to maintain) and arguably the best value for money on rooms out of all Colleges (except for the fact that kitchens can be dismal)
  • Amazing international reputation and is considered the most academic college at Cambridge - top of the Tompkins Table for every single year since 2011 (ranked by the percentage of first class degrees and average performance of students) including 2017.
  • More Nobel Prize winners (32) than most countries and more than any other Oxbridge college. In comparison, the second highest Oxbridge college, Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, has 14. The Oxford college with the most winners is Magdalen with 9. If Trinity was a country, it would have the 5th largest number of Nobel Laureates.
  • Distinguished alumni in the sciences and mathematics including Sir Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • Brilliant alumni in other areas: Eddie Redmayne (Oscar-winning actor), Lord Byron (poet), Amartya Sen (former Master of Trinity College and Nobel Laureate in economics), Sir James Mirrlees (Nobel Laureate in economics), Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury), Jawaharlal Nehru (first PM of India), Nicholas Patrick (NASA astronaut) and many others!
  • Of the 6 Fields Medals ever won by those from the UK, 4 went to Trinity.
  • Excellent location. Most of the college is right in the centre of town, but it also spans the Backs and has land past the UL. Whewell’s, Wolfson, Blue Boar and Pearce are only about a one minute walk from Sainsbury’s.
  • The college has a lot of punts it rents out cheaply to its students.
  • Lots of green spaces - Fellows’ garden that students can walk in and large lawns on the Backs - great for relaxing by the river, especially in the summer.
  • If you get a first you get all sorts of privileges, such as being put in a separate room ballot, getting several free dinners, getting invited to a couple of feasts, and a sizeable cash reward.
  • If you get a first in your final year, Trinity will fully fund your master's degree.
  • Trinity has the largest college library with over 300,000 volumes and the beautiful Wren Library, which students are allowed to use as study space in exam term.
  • Being a large college, it's very cosmopolitan.
  • Has a fantastic and supportive TCSU (Trinity College Students' Union), who are particularly great in Fresher's Week and run events all throughout the year.
  • Well stocked college library that will often order in books if you need them.
  • Has the original, biggest and (many would say) best 'May Ball' out of all Colleges, though also one of the most expensive ones. Happens after exams each year and as undergrad you get guaranteed tickets (the envy of all of Cambridge).
  • Has a newly-renovated (2014) JCR with new comfy sofas, a new 65 inch TV with Sky Sports, sound system, Netflix and a PS4
  • The bar has also been recently renovated (2016), and now (finally) has a great atmosphere and is massively popular with students.
  • Great supervisors. Generally the supervisors want to help and are very capable and knowledgeable.
  • Very good welfare support - the college recently hired a college counsellor to help Trinity Students.
  • Helpful and kind porters that somehow manage to remember most people in college
  • Secure underground bike storage for all those that apply.
  • Lots of mathematicians and physicists

Cons

  • 1 of 2 colleges not to fly the LGBT+ flag on 1 February
  • Biggest gender pay gap of all the colleges
  • 3rd most expensive formals
  • Food in hall somewhat more expensive and not as nice as elsewhere. Also one of the highest kitchen fixed charge (£171 per term)
  • May Ball had clear up workers take on 10-hour shifts for no monetary payment
  • May Ball offering below the minimum wage
  • Expensive laundry, though this dwindles in comparison to cheap accommodation for total living costs.
  • Some of the washing machines and dryers are fairly old.
  • Massive gender imbalance (~66-33% men-women), though this is a consequence of its having lots of Maths and Science students and reflects the gender imbalance of Science and Maths students in Cambridge more broadly. Humanities subjects actually accept slightly more women than men in Trinity in most years.
  • Scholar's ballot makes it difficult for arts and humanities students to get good rooms in later years, though this may reflect that Maths and Science students on average do better in their degree and get the privileges associated with it.
  • The largest college in terms of undergrads, so it has a slightly different atmosphere to other colleges and you don't get to know and gel with everyone as easily as in some of the smaller, closely-knit colleges.
  • New Dean has attempted to crackdown on alcohol consumption - less opportunities to drink than before. Students can no longer bring wine into formals and can only be served three glasses of wine.
  • Big divide between scientists and humanities students on a day to day basis as it is easy for scientists to stay together as there are so many. Occurs less in smaller colleges.
  • Relatively insular college.
  • Lots of tourists around, especially in the summer, although the college now charges them entry so numbers have gone down.
  • Often considered the most academic college and so the atmosphere tends to get a little serious and intense in college, especially around exam term.
  • It's next door to St. John's
  • Lots of mathematicians and physicists

Trinity Hall

Pros

  • One of the smallest, prettiest, friendliest colleges.
  • Great location in the centre of Cambridge - both Downing and Sidgwick sites nearby, and very near to all the clubs, Sainsburys and the union.
  • Quite strong academically, 8th on the most recent Tompkins Table.
  • On the river.
  • Fifth-richest, so good financial support.
  • Fifth-oldest ( founded in 1350)
  • Cheapest accommodation in Cambridge, starting at around £60 a week (the most expensive for undergrads is around £135 a week, which is the same as the average rent in a lot of other colleges!) .
  • One of the best mixes (male / female, state / private).
  • Reputation for having quirky people.
  • Close Community.
  • Very modern, beautiful Jerwood library, with big windows projecting over the river so you have great views while studying!
  • You can walk on the grass (and eat on the lawn when it's nice and sunny!!).
  • Unpretentious.
  • Strong sporting reputation.
  • Great view over the River Cam, and you can go punting on the 2 college owned punts.
  • Andrew Marr went here!
  • Stephen Hawking did his PhD here
  • About a 5 minute walk from the University Library.
  • Beautiful, airy hall which has recently been refurbished.
  • New block of accommodation being made in the centre of town, with 72 rooms, all en suite and double bed. To be completed July 2016
  • People assume you go to the real Trinity


Cons

  • 8th most expensive college to live at
  • Expensive bar
  • Has library fines
  • Almost all second years and some third years live further out, about a 10 minute bike ride away, up near the hill colleges, but some of this accommodation is en suite and very modern.
  • Being such a small college, only first years and some lucky third years get to live on central site.
  • Kitchen situation isn't the dream at central site, usually comes with a kettle and microwave, so can be harder if you want to cook for yourself.
  • Some people find it claustrophobic as everyone knows everyone very well
  • A fellow was accused of sexually harassing undergrads
  • Often mistaken for larger neighbour, Trinity College - definitely not the most famous college! (Though Tit Hall did come first)
  • Although library overlooking river and bridge can be nice, it can be distracting to have tourists looking in at you when you're trying to work!
  • Laundry services could be a lot better
  • Formals are relatively expensive.
  • Dingy underground JCR

Wolfson College (mature students, undergraduates and graduates)

Pros

  • Out of the centre, away from tourists
  • On site accommodation for all three years (but see con below)
  • They put on really good comedy nights called "Wolfson Howlers"
  • Close to Sidgwick site (where most of the Arts faculties are)
  • Close to University Library
  • 24 hour college library
  • Formal halls continue (one evening a week) in the holidays, good if you're around Cambridge during the break (e.g. graduate students)
  • Tennis court and decent gym
  • Student run bar
  • Cosmopolitan college
  • Very friendly atmosphere.

Cons

  • Far from centre, quite inconvenient
  • Buildings are modern so it doesn't have the traditional architecture vibe.
  • Some of the rooms are very small.

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